What's your default reaction when you see that statement in a page, or an app, or someone asks you that question? For a large amount of people, a sudden feeling of unease, dread, or mistrust immediately washes over them, and for good reason. E-mail, once a valued communication medium online, is now almost entirely dominated by spam, marketing junk, and unimportant messages that do nothing but waste your time.
These days, giving out your e-mail address is a very personal act, as it implies a level of trust that often times you're not willing to give to any random website or app. You're entrusting the site, or app, or company, not to sell or give out your address. You're also trusting their security, that they won't get hacked, or otherwise lose your personal info.
MailDrop is a free throwaway e-mail address. It's temporary. It's transient. It's disposable. It's meant for those times when you don't want to give out your real address. Just give someone any e-mail address in the maildrop.cc domain, come back here, put in the e-mail address, and you can see that inbox.
MailDrop has no signups.
MailDrop has no passwords.
MailDrop is designed for no security.
MailDrop is designed for little to no privacy.
MailDrop offers the ability to give out a quick e-mail address to any site or app, then after you've established more trust with that site, you can give them your real e-mail address.
MailDrop helps to stop your inbox from getting flooded with spam from that one time you registered on a site which got hacked.
MailDrop can be used to get your receipt for your e-commerce purchase, without signing up to be spammed on a regular basis with "latest offers".
In short, MailDrop can help you cut out the amount of junk in your inbox.
MailDrop is extremely strict about the content of messages allowed into inboxes. Plain text or HTML e-mails are allowed, but must be less than 100k in length. All attachments in messages are removed and discarded - this means no sending files to an inbox.
An inbox can hold at most 10 messages, and any inbox which does not receive a message within 24 hours will be automatically cleared. Additionally, there is a finite amount of space to store all of the messages in all MailDrop inboxes, so any particular inbox that has not recently received a message may be cleared to make room for more active inboxes.
Content-wise, MailDrop does not allow any e-mail messages having to do with any illegal activities in your country, state, city, or region. Please check with your local law enforcement agency for more information.
Before a message makes its way into an inbox, it needs to get through multiple spam filters. These filters are proven to reduce the overall amount of spam by more than 90%, so MailDrop inboxes won't be flooded by junk e-mail. Here are some of the filters that messages are subjected to:
E-mail servers are checked to ensure that they aren't flooding MailDrop with connections, or have bad spam reputations, or are listed on any of multiple network-based blacklists.
From addresses are checked to ensure that messages from a domain are coming from valid e-mail servers in that domain.
All connections are then greylisted, meaning that only valid e-mail servers are allowed to deliver messages to MailDrop inboxes.
Finally, message subjects are checked to make sure MailDrop isn't getting bombarded by the same message over and over again.
Only after a message passes through all of these filters will it be delivered to an inbox. Even though MailDrop may get a huge amount of attempted connections, nearly all spam messages to MailDrop will be rejected.
The next time a web form or app asks you to "please enter your e-mail address" you'll be ready. "No problem, it's firstname.lastname@example.org." When that site sells your e-mail address, you can shrug, move onto another disposable MailDrop address, and your real e-mail won't get filled with junk mail.
Need some help picking the perfect address? A good strategy is to include the name of the site or app in the address itself, that way you know immediately which sites are suspect with regards to your privacy.
For example: MyGreatAddress.SiteA@maildrop.cc or MyGreatAddress.AppA@maildrop.cc or MyGreatAddress.SiteB@maildrop.cc and so on.